Founding member of the CEBB (European Center of Biotechnology and Bioeconomy, co-funded by the ERDF, the Région Champagne Ardenne (now Région Grand Est), the Département de la Marne and Reims Metropole) located near Reims (France) and member of the IAR cluster as well as the SFR Condorcet, Chaire ABI is a new research and teaching unit of AgroParisTech dedicated to the valorisation of agro-resources and biorefineries byproducts.

With expertise in white biotechnologies, green chemistry and process engineering, our scientists work on multi-disciplinary basic and applied research projects aiming at the development of new industrial processes allowing the transformation of these « agro-wastes » into high value added chemicals such as biopolymers, functional additives or cosmetics.

White Biotechnologies

Our microbiologists take advantage of the great diversity of microorganisms to develop innovative ways to produce biomolecules. Using liquid and solid-state fermentation processes, our microbiologists convert agro-resources and biorefineries by-products into platform chemicals.

Green Chemistry

Biocatalysis, non-conventional solvents (e.g., ionic liquids), micro-wave assisted synthesis are some of the sustainable tools used by our organic chemists to convert biomass-derived molecules into bio-based platform chemicals and end-products.

Process Engineering

Efficient (bio)chemical processes require high performance separation processes. Our expertise covers sustainable purification techniques for reaction products isolation, solvents recyclability and valuable components recovery from waste and secondary streams.

Our Expertise

The discovery of new scientific concepts and technologies in the emerging interdisciplinary field of the biorefinery is the lifeblood of the Chaire ABI’s culture
and a core goal for our scientific staff, graduate students and post-docs.

  • Analytical Chemistry

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  • Liquid Chromatography
  • Gas Chromatography
  • NMR
  • Mass Spectrometry
  • DSC / TGA
  • FT-IR / UV
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  • Chemistry

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  • Organic Chemistry
  • Green Chemistry
  • Polymers / Materials
  • Multi-Step Synthesis
  • Biocatalysis & Catalysis
  • Biochemistry
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  • Microbiology

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  • Microbial Metabolism
  • Fermentation
  • Flow Cytometry Analysis
  • Bioconversion
  • Biological Properties Assesment
  • Growth Media Optimisation
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  • Process Engineering

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  • Filtration (MF, UF, NF, RO)
  • Chromatography
  • Electrodialysis
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Downstream Processing
  • Design of Experiments
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Facilities - Equipments

Analytical Chemistry
To support our scientific team, our vast analytical park includes liquid (DAD, Corona, DWD, RI, DWD, viscosimeter, MALS) and gas chromatography (MS), spectroscopy (UV, FT-IR, Fourier 300 NMR system) and thermal analysis (TGA and DSC systems).

Organic Chemistry and Polymers
Our chemical laboratory not only includes classical apparatus but also top-of-the-art equipment such as automated flash chromatography equipment with UV and ELSD detectors, multi-syntheses reactors, MBraun solvent drying system and a brand new microwave system.

Downstream Processing
Our separation and purification facility is mainly equipped with a lab scale METcell cross-flow system suited for ultra (UF), micro (MF), nanofiltration (NF) and reverse osmosis (RO) separations, and with a membrane contactor for liquid-liquid extraction.

Our microbiology lab is composed of 5L fermentors for liquid-state fermentations as well as a flow cytometry analyser. It also includes solid-state fermentation facilities such as a non-stirred thermostated chambers and a halogene moisture analyser. Our microplates readers enable us to perform high-throughput screening.


Prof. Florent Allais

Director, Organic Chemist

Dr. Tiphaine Clément

Research Eng., Microbiology

Dr. Andreia Teixeira

Assist. Prof, Process Engineering

Amandine Flourat

Engineer, Chemistry

Mathilde Grandchamp

Engineer, Microbiology

Aurélien Peru

Assist. Engineer, Chemistry

Fanny Brunissen

Technician, Analytical Chemistry

Gaëlle Willig

Technician, Process Engineering

Julien Couvreur

Technician, Microbiology

Dr. Grégoire Burgé

Research Eng., Business Development

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Why Choose Us

Our motto : Reactivity, Flexibility, Reliability

Multi-Disciplinarity & Global Collaboration

Bottom-up & Top-down Approaches

Sustainability-Oriented Strategies

Top-of-the-Line Equipment & Laboratories

Expertise Recognized by both Academia & Industries


  • Chaire ABI has clearly become a world expert in the synthesis of lignin, ferulates, and related compoundsProf. Tim Zwier - Purdue University, USA
  • "We are very impressed with both the capabilities of the scientists and the speed of response to our project demands"Tony Duncan, Managing Director - Circa Group, Australia

Latest News

Congratulations to Abdus Samad Jaufurally and co-authors for their new paper on "Optimization of the laccase-catalyzed synthesis of (±)-syringaresinol; study of its thermal and antiradical activities" recently published in Chemistry Select!
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Our second patent has been lodged! This patent is related to the transformation of levoglucosenone into platform chemicals for food and pharmaceutical industries.

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Congratulations to Dr. Raphaël Ménard for his new position in the R&D department at HEXIS. Good luck!!!

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Looking for candidates for Master 2 internship positions at the Chair ABI and a co-advised Ph.D. position with the University of Florida (Gainesville)
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Contact Us

Chair ABI offers to industries and universities opportunities to develop research partnerships and license our technologies.
If you want to green-up your business through science, contact our business development team and we will be glad to help.

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Centre Européen de Biotechnologie et de Bioéconomie
3 rue des Rouges Terres - Route de Bazancourt
51110 Pomacle, FRANCE
(+33)(0)352620462 Scientific Contact : Florent Allais Business Contact : Grégoire Burgé